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Insanely Easy No-Knead Sourdough Discard Bread Recipe

This no-knead sourdough discard bread recipe is one of the quickest and EASIEST sourdough discard recipes out there! With just a couple of simple ingredients that I bet you already have in your kitchen pantry, you can be eating delicious sourdough bread on the SAME DAY!

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I get it, baking sourdough bread is difficult and sometimes can take three days! Moreover, as a home baker myself, I know how difficult baking sourdough bread can be. It can be frustrating whenever you use sourdough starter. 

However, this sourdough discard recipe is quick and easy! It is SO easy that a beginner who has NEVER baked a sourdough bread loaf in their entire life can follow it! Best of all, this recipe can be mixed and baked on the same day. You can be eating homemade sourdough discard sandwich bread today if you start making this recipe right now.

Best of all, you do not need to use sourdough starter that you just fed. All you need is some discard! This is the BEST quick sourdough bread recipe without starter. I love it, my entire family loves and. And now, so will you and your family! After all, homemade sourdough bread is delicious!

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Sourdough Discard Bread Recipe

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WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS QUICK SOURDOUGH BREAD RECIPE WITHOUT STARTER

  • This recipe is SIMPLE! Anyone can make it. You do NOT have to be an experienced baker to make this sourdough discard recipes.
  • This recipe is QUICK! You can mix the ingredients right now and have fresh bread to eat later today.
  • This easy sourdough discard bread recipe is VERSATILE! With this bread dough, you can make bread that looks like and tastes like traditional artisan-style sourdough. On the other hand, you can also make sourdough discard sandwich bread by baking in a bread pan or bread tin.
  • Best of all, this recipe is DELICIOUS! Even your picky kids will love this recipe!
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SOURDOUGH DISCARD BREAD WITH YEAST RECIPE INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ¾ Cup All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour (450g) – Either flour works for this recipe and I have not found a difference in taste. So, use whatever flour you have in your kitchen pantry. However, I have yet to make this recipe with whole wheat flour. 
  • 200g Sourdough Discard or Active Starter – You will NEED either sourdough discard or active starter for this recipe. This is the ingredient that gives sourdough taste to this sourdough discard bread with yeast.
  • 1 ½ cups of Warm Water (250g) – The water needs to be warm. If you add cold water instead, it will slow the yeast down.
  • 12g Salt
  • 10g Yeast

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

  • Large Mixing Bowl – You need a large bowl to place all the ingredients in and mix. If you would like to use a stand mixer, you can. Simply place the ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer and use the dough hook attachment.
  • A Spoon or Spatula for mixing
  • Digital Scales and/or Measuring Cups – I prefer to use digital scales as they are more accurate, However, if you only have measuring cups or spoons, those will work fine. This recipe has measurements in grams and cups.
  • Dutch oven, bread oven, or bread loaf pan.
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EASY SOURDOUGH DISCARD BREAD RECIPE STEP-BY-STEP

STEP ONE – In a large bowl, add the flour, sourdough discard (or active starter), water, salt, and instant yeast. 

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STEP TWO – With a spoon, mix all of the ingredients until you see a shaggy dough form. This dough will not be smooth. However, you will know when you are done mixing once there are no dry bits of flour left.

Note: You can also use a stand mixer for this process. Simply add all the ingredients to your stand mixer bowl, put on the dough hook attachment, and mix until there are no dry bits of flour left. 

STEP THREE – Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot at room temperature. Let the dough rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled. The rise time will depend on your kitchen temperature. If your kitchen is colder than 74 F degrees, I suggest microwaving water for one minute and placing the large bowl into the warm microwave (this will be a warm place perfect for your dough)

While the bread dough is rising, preheat your oven to 450F. Make sure to place your Dutch oven or bread oven in the oven while it is preheating.

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STEP FOUR – At the 1-2 hour mark or when your bread dough has doubled, take a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle rice flour or semolina flour on the parchment paper. Place the sticky dough onto the floured surface of the parchment paper. You can use a wet silicone spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl and the bottom of the bowl if there is any dough stuck there. Do not worry if you are unable to get all the dough that is stuck to the sides of the bowl. 

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With wet hands, pinch the top of the sticky dough at the top and shape it into a round bread loaf dough. Do not worry about making it perfect. You just want to make sure that it is round and the dough will fit into your dutch oven or bread oven.

Cut the sticky dough on top with a pair of scissors or a bread lame. This is for the oven spring and bread rise. If the top of the dough is too sticky to cut, then do not worry about cutting it. 

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STEP FIVE Place the dough and parchment paper into the Dutch oven or bread oven. Bake it covered for 25 minutes. Afterward, take the cover off and bake the dough for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Take the bread loaf out and let rest on a wire rack until it is cool.

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What is the difference between sourdough bread and sourdough discard bread?

Sourdough bread relies on an active sourdough starter for the rise. To make a traditional loaf of sourdough bread, a baker needs an active starter that was fed at the proper time. The sourdough starter has an abundance of wild yeast that will give the bread rise.

On the other hand, sourdough discard bread does NOT rely on the sourdough starter. For any type of sourdough discard bread, instant yeast or active dry yeast is added. The sourdough starter discard in these sourdough discard recipes is not enough for the bread to rise properly. 

If you’re wondering if an easy sourdough discard bread recipe is considered traditional sourdough bread, then you might be sad to learn that it is not. However, by using dry active yeast or instant yeast for sourdough recipes, you will end up with delicious homemade bread!

What Can I do with a lot of sourdough discard?

If you have a lot of sourdough discard, do NOT throw it away! There are a TON of simple and delicious SOURDOUGH DISCARD RECIPES that you can make with all of that discard. Making delicious discard recipes is a great way to utilize all of your sourdough discard. 

For example, you can make SOURDOUGH DISCARD SCONES. Do you love crepes? A simple recipe and easy recipe to make is SOURDOUGH CREPES for an amazing sourdough discard breakfast. There are tons of amazing recipes out there. Check out my page for lots of sourdough starter discard recipes. 

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To Store This Sourdough Discard Bread Sandwich Bread

This sourdough discard bread with yeast will keep at room temperature for roughly five days. Since most sourdough discard recipes that you bake at home do not have added preservatives, it will not last as long as sandwich bread that you can buy at the grocery store. 

If you have any leftover bread at the five-day mark or you do not plan on eating the fresh bread that you baked anytime soon, you should store the discard bread loaf in the freezer. Simply slice the bread loaf, place it in a Ziplock plastic bag or plastic wrap, and place it into the freezer. It will last in the freezer for up to three months. 

Here is a free complete guide on how to store homemade bread

PRO TIPS 

  • Bake in a Dutch oven to get an artisan-style crust. By baking in a Dutch oven or bread oven, you will get a sourdough discard bread that resembles the traditional sourdough bread.
  • Use a bread pan if you would like to make sourdough discard sandwich bread, Make sure to oil the sides so that the bread does not stick to the bread pan. For this, you can use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and even butter.
  • This dough is STICKY!!!! Use wet hands when handling this dough. The water on your hands will help prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers.
  • For best results, you should wait for the homemade bread to cool completely to room temperature before slicing. That is because the inside of the bread is still cooking even at room temperature! However, if you cannot wait, you can slice the loaf of bread while it is still warm. It is perfectly safe to eat. After all, fresh bread is delicious!

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sourdough discard bread recipe
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Simple Sourdough Discard Bread Recipe

This sourdough discard bread recipe is SO quick and easy! You can be eating sourdough sandwich bread in the same day you make this recipe.
Xena Kai
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 1 Sourdough Bread Loaf

Equipment

  • 1 Large Mixing Bowl
  • 1 Digital Scale or Measuring Cups
  • 1 Dutch Oven or Bread Oven

Ingredients
 
 

  • 450 g All Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
  • 200 g Sourdough Discard or Active Starter
  • 250 g Warm Water
  • 12 g Salt
  • 10 g Instant Yeast

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, add the flour, sourdough discard (or active starter), water, salt, and instant yeast. 
  • With a spoon, mix all of the ingredients until you see a shaggy dough form. This dough will not be smooth. However, you will know when you are done mixing once there are no dry bits of flour left.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot at room temperature. Let the dough rise for 1-2 hours or until doubled. While the bread dough is rising, preheat your oven to 450F. Make sure to place your Dutch oven or bread oven in the oven while it is preheating.
  • Take a piece of parchment paper. Sprinkle rice flour or semolina flour on the parchment paper. Place the sticky dough onto the floured surface of the parchment paper.
  • With wet hands, pinch the top of the sticky dough at the top and shape it into a round bread loaf dough. Do not worry about making it perfect. Cut the sticky dough on top with a pair of scissors or a bread lame. If the top of the dough is too sticky to cut, then do not worry about cutting it. 
  • Place the dough and parchment paper into the Dutch oven or bread oven. Bake it covered for 25 minutes. Afterward, take the cover off and bake the dough for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Take the bread loaf out the oven and let rest on a wire rack until it is cool.

Notes

  • Bake in a Dutch oven to get an artisan-style crust. By baking in a Dutch oven or bread oven, you will get a sourdough discard bread that resembles the traditional sourdough bread.
  • Use a bread pan if you would like to make sourdough discard sandwich bread, Make sure to oil the sides so that the bread does not stick to the bread pan. For this, you can use olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and even butter.
  • This dough is STICKY!!!! Use wet hands when handling this dough. The water on your hands will help prevent the dough from sticking to your fingers.
  • For best results, you should wait for the homemade bread to cool completely to room temperature before slicing. That is because the inside of the bread is still cooking even at room temperature! However, if you cannot wait, you can slice the loaf of bread while it is still warm. It is perfectly safe to eat. After all, fresh bread is delicious!

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